Jamál, 13 Mashíyyat (Will), 179 B.E
The hostas in fall colors…
91 years ago, today, my mom gave birth to twins. My amazing, marvelous sister just keeps on going, having outlived her twin brother by eleven years. Like a Timex watch that takes a licking and keeps on ticking, she’s survived three heart attacks in three years yet shows no signs of backing down from what’s in front of her. So, here’s to you, sister dear! Happy Birthday!!
Nothing like a fall road trip. Beautiful views almost everywhere one looks. Here’s a photo of taken at a rest stop on our way to Detroit this afternoon:
Religion must be the cause of love. Religion must be the cause of justice, for the wisdom of the Manifestations of God is directed toward the establishing of the bond of a love which is indissoluble. The bonds which hold together the body politic are not sufficient. These bonds may be mentioned—for instance, the bond of patriotism. This is evidently not a sufficient bond, for how often it happens that people of the same nation wage civil war amongst themselves. The bond of fellowship may be racial, but history proves this is not sufficiently strong, for tremendous wars have broken out between peoples of the same racial lineage. Again, the bond holding men together may be political. How often it happens that the diplomacy of nations makes a treaty of peace one day and on the morrow a declaration of war! It is historically evident and manifest that these bonds are not self-sufficient. 1
- ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 344. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/27#206325873 [return]